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  1. Knowledge and Social Imagery.David Bloor - 1976 - University of Chicago Press.
    The first edition of this book profoundly challenged and divided students of philosophy, sociology, and the history of science when it was published in 1976. In this second edition, Bloor responds in a substantial new Afterword to the heated debates engendered by his book.
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  2. Knowledge and Social Imagery.David Bloor - 1979 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 30 (2):195-199.
     
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  3. Relativism, Rationalism and the Sociology of Knowledge.Barry Barnes & David Bloor - 1982 - In Martin Hollis & Steven Lukes (eds.), Rationality and Relativism. Blackwell.
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    Wittgenstein: A Social Theory of Knowledge.David Bloor - 1983 - Columbia University Press.
  5. Wittgenstein, Rules and Institutions.David Bloor - 1997 - Routledge.
    David Bloor's challenging new evaluation of Wittgenstein's account of rules and rule-following brings together the rare combination of philosophical and sociological viewpoints. Wittgenstein enigmatically claimed that the way we follow rules is an "institution" without ever explaining what he meant by this term. Wittgenstein's contribution to the debate has since been subject to sharply opposed interpretations by "collectivist" and "individualist" readings by philosophers; in the light of this controversy, Bloor argues convincingly for a collectivist, sociological understanding of Wittgenstein's later work. (...)
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  6. Anti-Latour.David Bloor - 1999 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 30 (1):81-112.
  7. Wittgenstein: A Social Theory of Knowledge.David Bloor - 1984 - Human Studies 7 (3):375-386.
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  8. Scientific Knowledge. A Sociological Analysis.Barry Barnes, David Bloor & John Henry - 1999 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 30 (1):173-176.
     
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  9. Scientific Knowledge: A Sociological Approach.Barry Barnes, David Bloor & John Henry - 1996 - University of Chicago Press.
     
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    Wittgenstein, Rules and Institutions.David Bloor - 1997 - Routledge.
    Clearly and engagingly written, this volume is vital reading for students of philosophy and sociology, and anyone interested in Wittgenstein's later thought. David Bloor provides a challenging and informative evaluation of Wittgenstein's account of rules and rule-following. Arguing for a collectivist reading, Bloor offers the first consistent sociological interpretation of Wittgenstein's work for many years.
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  11. Wittgenstein, Rules and Institutions.David Bloor - 1997 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 62 (2):400-401.
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  12. Wittgenstein and Mannheim on the Sociology of Mathematics.David Bloor - 1973 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 4 (2):173.
  13. Durkheim and Mauss Revisited: Classification and the Sociology of Knowledge.David Bloor - 1982 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 13 (4):267--97.
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    II.2 The Strengths of the Strong Programme.David Bloor - 1981 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 11 (2):199-213.
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    Durkheim and Mauss Revisited: Classification and the Sociology of Knowledge.David Bloor - 1982 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 13 (4):267-297.
  16. Epistemic Grace: Antirelativism as Theology in Disguise.David Bloor - 2007 - Common Knowledge 13 (2-3):250-280.
  17. The Enigma of the Aerofoil: Rival Theories in Aerodynamics, 1909-1930.David Bloor - 2011 - University of Chicago Press: Chicago.
    Why do aircraft fly? How do their wings support them? In the early years of aviation, there was an intense dispute between British and German experts over the question of why and how an aircraft wing provides lift. The British, under the leadership of the great Cambridge mathematical physicist Lord Rayleigh, produced highly elaborate investigations of the nature of discontinuous flow, while the Germans, following Ludwig Prandtl in Göttingen, relied on the tradition called “technical mechanics” to explain the flow of (...)
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  18. Idealism and the Sociology of Knowledge.David Bloor - 1996 - Social Studies of Science 26 (4):839-856.
     
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    Polyhedra and the Abominations of Leviticus.David Bloor - 1978 - British Journal for the History of Science 11 (3):245-272.
    How are social and institutional circumstances linked to the knowledge that scientists produce? To answer this question it is necessary to take risks: speculative but testable theories must be proposed. It will be my aim to explain and then apply one such theory. This will enable me to propose an hypothesis about the connexion between social processes and the style and content of mathematical knowledge.
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  20. Relativism and the Sociology of Knowledge.David Bloor - 2011 - In Steven Hales (ed.), A Companion to Relativism.
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    Ideals and Monisms: Recent Criticisms of the Strong Programme in the Sociology of Knowledge.David Bloor - 2007 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 38 (1):210-234.
    I offer a reply to criticisms of the Strong Programme presented by Stephen Kemp who develops some new lines of argument that focus on the ‘monism’ of the programme. He says the programme should be rejected for three reasons. First, because it embodies ‘weak idealism’, that is, its supporters effectively sever the link between language and the world. Second, it challenges the reasons that scientists offer in explanation of their own beliefs. Third, it destroys the distinction between successful and unsuccessful (...)
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  22. The Question of Linguistic Idealism Revisited.David Bloor - 1996 - In Hans D. Sluga & David G. Stern (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Wittgenstein. Cambridge University Press. pp. 354--382.
     
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    Left and Right Wittgensteinians.David Bloor - 1992 - In Andrew Pickering (ed.), Science as Practice and Culture. University of Chicago Press. pp. 270.
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  24. Remember the Strong Program?David Bloor - 1997 - Science, Technology and Human Values 22 (3):373-385.
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    Sociology of Scientific Knowledge.David Bloor - 2004 - In Ilkka Niiniluoto, Matti Sintonen & Jan Wolenski (eds.), Handbook of Epistemology. Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 919--962.
  26. Toward a Sociology of Epistemic Things.David Bloor - 2005 - Perspectives on Science 13 (3):285-312.
    : H-J Rheinberger's book Toward a History of Epistemic Things contains a sophisticated account of scientific reference and scientific method worked out in conjunction with a case study of the laboratory synthesis of proteins. This paper offers a detailed critical analysis of Rheinberger's position from the standpoint of the sociology of scientific knowledge. The central thesis is that Rheinberger's account of reference, whether deliberately or unwittingly, assimilates discourse about the natural world to discourse about the social world. The result is (...)
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  27. Relativism at 30,000 Feet.David Bloor - 2008 - In Massimo Mazzotti (ed.), Knowledge as Social Order: Rethinking the Sociology of Barry Barnes.
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    A Sociological Theory of Objectivity.David Bloor - 1984 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Lectures 17:229-245.
    I want to propose to you a theory about the nature of objectivity—a theory which will tell us something about its causes, its intrinsic character, and its sources of variation. The theory in question is very simple. Indeed, it is so simple that I fear you will reject it out of hand. Here is the theory: it is thatobjectivity is social. What I mean by saying that objectivity is social is that theimpersonalandstablecharacter that attaches to some of our beliefs, and (...)
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  29. Wittgenstein and the Priority of Practice.David Bloor - 2001 - In Theodore R. Schatzki, K. Knorr-Cetina & Eike von Savigny (eds.), The Practice Turn in Contemporary Theory. Routledge. pp. 95--107.
     
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    A Sociological Theory of Objectivity1: David Bloor.David Bloor - 1984 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 17:229-245.
    I want to propose to you a theory about the nature of objectivity—a theory which will tell us something about its causes, its intrinsic character, and its sources of variation. The theory in question is very simple. Indeed, it is so simple that I fear you will reject it out of hand. Here is the theory: it is that objectivity is social. What I mean by saying that objectivity is social is that the impersonal and stable character that attaches to (...)
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    A Reply to Gerd Buchdahl.David Bloor - 1982 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 13 (4):305.
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    Acknowledgement: Reproduced by Kind Permission of the Guardian From the Issue of 25 June 1996.David Bloor - 1997 - History of the Human Sciences 10 (1):123-125.
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    Reply to Steven Lukes.David Bloor - 1982 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 13 (4):319.
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    Relativism Versus Absolutism.David Bloor - 2016 - Common Knowledge 22 (3):488-499.
    This essay is a follow-up to a previous article by the author, “Epistemic Grace: Antirelativism as Theology in Disguise,” published in Common Knowledge 13, nos. 2–3 : 250–80. Its central claim was that relativism and absolutism should be understood as categories that are mutually exclusive and jointly exhaustive; the two categories form a dichotomy, and thus the rejection of absolutism is a necessary and sufficient condition for the embrace of relativism and vice versa. Daniel Paksi, in a essay titled “Relativism (...)
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    The Conservative Constructivist (Reproduced by Kind Permission of the Guardian From the Issue of 25 June 1996).David Bloor - 1997 - History of the Human Sciences 10 (1):123-125.
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    The Conservative Constructivist (Reprinted From the Guardian, June 25, 1996).David Bloor - 1997 - History of the Human Sciences 10 (1):123-125.
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  37. Is the Official Theory of Mind Absurd?David Bloor - 1970 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 21 (2):167-183.
  38. Professor Campbell on Models of Language-Learning and the Sociology of Science.David Bloor - 1989 - In Steve Fuller (ed.), The Cognitive Turn: Sociological and Psychological Perspectives on Science. Kluwer Academic Publishers.
     
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    Reply to J. W. Smith.David Bloor - 1983 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 15 (3):245.
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    The Dialectics of Metaphor.David Bloor - 1971 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 14 (1-4):430-444.
    Two points of contact are explored between contemporary philosophy of science and Dialectical Materialism. The first point deals with the interaction view of metaphor as an exemplification of the law of the unity of opposites. The contradiction is then noted between the strategy and tactics of much analytical philosophy and the lesson to be learnt from this account of metaphor. The concern to change category habits into category disciplines rules out the process of conceptual change of the interaction view. G. (...)
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    Reply to Christopher Norris.David Bloor - 2014 - Journal of Critical Realism 13 (4):399-410.
    In this paper David Bloor defends his sociological analysis of the disputes over the nature of aerodynamic lift described in his historical study The Enigma of the Aerofoil. The criticisms expressed by Christopher Norris are rejected on the grounds that Norris systematically misrepresents the strong programme in the sociology of knowledge, e.g. by treating the principle of explanatory symmetry as if it meant ‘parity of esteem‘. Some of the various senses of the word ‘realism’ are identified and an account is (...)
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    Sichtbarmachung, Common Sense and Construction in Fluid Mechanics: The Cases of Hele-Shaw and Ludwig Prandtl.David Bloor - 2008 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 39 (3):349-358.
    At the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries a concerted effort was made in the discipline of fluid mechanics to make hidden and fleeting processes visible and to capture the results photographically. I examine two important cases. One concerns the photographs taken by H. S. Hele-Shaw in the 1890s showing the flow of a “perfect”, frictionless fluid. The other case deals with the photographs of boundary layer separation taken by Ludwig Prandtl. These were presented to the Third International Congress (...)
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    Rearguard Rationalism. [REVIEW]David Bloor - 1974 - Isis 65:249-253.
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    What is a Social Construct?David Bloor - 2001 - Facta Philosophica 3 (2):141-156.
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    The Social Construction of What?David Bloor - 2000 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 30 (4):597-608.
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  46. Scepticism and the Social Construction of Scientific Knowledge. The Case of the Boundary-Layer.David Bloor - unknown
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  47. Scientific Knowledge: A Sociological Approach and Steven Shapin, The Scientific Revolution.James Robert Brown, Barry Barnes, David Bloor & John Henry - 1998 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 12 (1):100.
  48. Rationalism, Supernaturalism, and the Sociology of Knowledge in Scientific Knowledge Socialized.David Bloor - 1988 - Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science 108:59-74.
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    Science Studies Mary Hesse, Revolutions and Reconstructions in the Philosophy of Science. Brighton: Harvester Press, 1980. Pp. Xxvi + 271. £20.00. [REVIEW]David Bloor - 1982 - British Journal for the History of Science 15 (3):306-309.
  50. Two Paradigms for Scientific Knowledge?David Bloor - 1971 - Science Studies 1:101-15.
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